00932 - Contemporary History (M-Z)

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SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Decent work and economic growth

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows the main features of the political-institutional and socio-economic history of the XIXth and XXth century and has critically deepened the methodologies and fundamental nodes of contemporary historical evolution. Is able to recognize the evolution of key-processes and events, from which long-term structures derive, how and why they developed and in what way they reappear during the contemporary age.

 

Course contents

The overall structure of the course is based on the essential elements of the cultural transmission of historical knowledge: periodization and overview, ideas and passions, along the period from the birth of the idea of nation to the scenarios of globalization, between the XXth and the XXIst century. Starting from the American Revolution of the late XVIIIth century, the earlier of the great democratic-marked events, from which the shape of today's Western world emerged, the lessons will analyze the crucial political-institutional and socio-cultural transformations of modernity and contemporaneity. We will focus on the elements of change and the long-term consequences, identifying key concepts, establishing connections between the local and the global scale and, finally, connecting biographies and places. The significant interest on the issues of constitutional history and the evolution of the rights and duties of citizenship will bring to the fundamental link between the study of history and the growth of a solid civic culture. The deep attention to the sources will allow us to outline didactic paths “from the documentation to the historical narration”, which gradually bring students closer to the research methodology in archives and libraries.

 

Readings/Bibliography

-- Readings for students who will attend the lectures --

Students must study 4 books: the 2 textbooks listed below, plus 2 books at their choice, according to the following guidelines:


Textbooks (both):

Carlo De Maria, Percorsi didattici di storia moderna e contemporanea, Bradypus, Roma 2018 [from chapter 6 onwards]

Federico Romero, Storia internazionale dell’età contemporanea, Carocci, Roma 2019 (2012)


Methodology and historiography (1 book at the choice of the student):

Laura Di Fiore, Marco Meriggi, World History. Le nuove rotte della storia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2019 (2011)

Agostino Giovagnoli, Storia e globalizzazione, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2017 (2009)

Eloisa Betti, Carlo De Maria (a cura di), Biografie, percorsi e networks nell'Età contemporanea. Un approccio transnazionale tra ricerca, didattica e Public History, Bradypus, Roma 2018

Carlo De Maria, Una famiglia anarchica. La vita dei Berneri tra affetti, impegno ed esilio nell'Europa del Novecento, Viella, Roma 2019


Topics of Italian history / International horizons (1 book at the choice of the student)

 

Topics of Italian history:

Corrado Bonifazi, L’Italia delle migrazioni, Il Mulino, Bologna 2013

Emanuele Felice, Perché il Sud è rimasto indietro, Il Mulino, Bologna 2016

Emanuela Scarpellini, L’Italia dei consumi. Dalle Belle Epoque al nuovo millennio, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2019 (2008)

Gabriella Corona, Breve storia dell'ambiente in Italia, Il Mulino, Bologna 2015

Marie-Anne Matard-Bonucci, L’Italia fascista e la persecuzione degli ebrei, Il Mulino, Bologna 2016 (2008)

Eloisa Betti, Precari e precarie. Una storia dell'Italia repubblicana, Carocci, Roma 2019

Francesca Socrate, Il Sessantotto. Due generazioni, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2018


International horizons:  

Francesco Benvenuti, Russia oggi. Dalla caduta dell’Unione Sovietica ai nostri giorni, Carocci, Roma 2013

Massimo Campanini, Storia del Medio Oriente contemporaneo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2020 (2006) 

Antonio Fiori, L’Asia orientale. Dal 1945 ai giorni nostri, Il Mulino, Bologna 2011 

Aram Mattioli, Mondi perduti. Una storia dei nativi nordamericani, 1700-1910, Einaudi, Torino 2019

Arnaldo Testi, Il secolo degli Stati Uniti, Il Mulino, Bologna 2017

Loris Zanatta, Storia dell'America Latina contemporanea, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2019 (2010)

Giovanni Carbone, L'Africa. Gli stati, la politica, i conflitti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2021

 

 

-- Readings for non-attending students --

Students must study 5 books: the 2 textbooks listed below, plus 3 books at their choice, according to the following guidelines:

 

Textbooks (both):

Carlo De Maria, Percorsi didattici di storia moderna e contemporanea, Bradypus, Roma 2018 [from chapter 6 onwards]

Federico Romero, Storia internazionale dell’età contemporanea, Carocci, Roma 2019 (2012)

 

Methodology and historiography (1 book at the choice of the student):

Laura Di Fiore, Marco Meriggi, World History. Le nuove rotte della storia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2019 (2011)

Agostino Giovagnoli, Storia e globalizzazione, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2017 (2009)

Eloisa Betti, Carlo De Maria (a cura di), Biografie, percorsi e networks nell'Età contemporanea. Un approccio transnazionale tra ricerca, didattica e Public History, Bradypus, Roma 2018

Carlo De Maria, Una famiglia anarchica. La vita dei Berneri tra affetti, impegno ed esilio nell'Europa del Novecento, Viella, Roma 2019

 

Topics of Italian history / International horizons (2 books at the choice of the student)

 

Topics of Italian history:

Corrado Bonifazi, L’Italia delle migrazioni, Il Mulino, Bologna 2013

Emanuele Felice, Perché il Sud è rimasto indietro, Il Mulino, Bologna 2016

Emanuela Scarpellini, L’Italia dei consumi. Dalle Belle Epoque al nuovo millennio, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2019 (2008)

Gabriella Corona, Breve storia dell'ambiente in Italia, Il Mulino, Bologna 2015

Marie-Anne Matard-Bonucci, L’Italia fascista e la persecuzione degli ebrei, Il Mulino, Bologna 2016 (2008)

Eloisa Betti, Precari e precarie. Una storia dell'Italia repubblicana, Carocci, Roma 2019

Francesca Socrate, Il Sessantotto. Due generazioni, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2018

 

International horizons:

Francesco Benvenuti, Russia oggi. Dalla caduta dell’Unione Sovietica ai nostri giorni, Carocci, Roma 2013

Massimo Campanini, Storia del Medio Oriente contemporaneo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2020 (2006)

Antonio Fiori, L’Asia orientale. Dal 1945 ai giorni nostri, Il Mulino, Bologna 2011

Aram Mattioli, Mondi perduti. Una storia dei nativi nordamericani, 1700-1910, Einaudi, Torino 2019

Arnaldo Testi, Il secolo degli Stati Uniti, Il Mulino, Bologna 2017

Loris Zanatta, Storia dell'America Latina contemporanea, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2019 (2010)

Giovanni Carbone, L'Africa. Gli stati, la politica, i conflitti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2021

 

Teaching methods

Frontal and multimedia lessons.

 

Assessment methods

Written test, plus oral interview.

The written test is on the 2 textbooks and consists of five open questions with a value of six points each. The written test is considered passed with a total score of at least 18/30. Only in this case students are admitted to the oral interview.

The oral interview focuses on the books chosen by the students among the 3 sections: “Methodology and historiography”, “Topics of Italian history” and “International horizons”.

For both tests, the evaluation criteria are as follows: relevance of the answers; ability to argue; adequacy of the disciplinary language used; ability to apply the acquired knowledges to a critical interpretation of contemporaneity.

More in particular, the answers that will be given with a proper language and with exactitude are going to be evaluated with the top marks.

The answers that will be given without precision or property are going to be evaluated with intermediate marks.

The answers that show a complete ignorance of the themes proposed will be evaluated with insufficent marks.

 

Teaching tools

Exploration of online resources related to the methodologies of teaching history, historical communication and public history.

 

Office hours

See the website of Carlo De Maria